ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Crisp Regional Health Services has withdrawn its opposition to the proposed Lee County Medical Center. The hospital was the only approved group to oppose the Certificate of Need (CON).
Lee County's CON was approved by the Department of Health last year. Since then, Crisp Regional, Dougherty County Commission and Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals have appealed the proposed hospital. However, the chairperson of the CON Appeal Panel said the Dougherty County Commission and Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals don't have the right to an appeal, and dismissed the two parties from the proceeding, which left Crisp Regional as the only opposition to the LCMC.
Below is the statement released by Crisp Regional on Friday about withdrawing its appeal:
Lee County Commissioner Rick Muggridge announced Crisp Regional's withdrawal on Friday in front of the Dougherty County Government Center building.
During the press conference, Muggridge also said that the Dougherty County Commission has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Community Health in Fulton County on Thursday because it issued the Certificate of Need for the LCMC.
Now Lee County leaders are speaking out, saying this has gone too far.
"You are directly interfering with Lee County's ability to governor our own affairs, enough!" said Muggridge.
Muggridge said Lee County proved its need for additional medical care and the application for the certificate was complete.
Muggridge also said Lee county will continue moving forward with construction on the medical center, saying the lawsuit will not stop them moving forward.
"Know the Lee County Medical Center cannot be stopped, but they do know if they spend enough of your money they can delay it. You've already wasted on attorneys fighting us in attempt to preserve the failed medical monopoly," said Muggridge.
That is why Lee County commissioners are asking the Dougherty County Commission to drop its lawsuit.
"Enough is enough! I would like to ask my friends on the Dougherty County Commission to stop this and stop it today," said Muggridge.
Muggridge even asked Dougherty County citizens to get involved.
"Please, pick up your phone and ask your commissioner to put a stop to this foolishness," said Muggridge.
WALB reached out to the Dougherty County Commission chairman and sent emails to multiple commissioners, they have not gotten back to us at this time.